Exhibition of Vietnam’s biggest expressionist artist opens

The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi recently hosted the first retrospective exhibition of Tran Trung Tin, Vietnam’s greatest expressionist artist. The exhibition featured 100 of Tin’s works on newspaper and photographic paper and was refined by Sherry Buchanan and realized by Nam Nguyen.

Here are some key takeaways:

  1. First retrospective of Tran Trung Tin, Vietnam’s greatest expressionist artist.
  2. Works on newspaper and photographic paper displayed.
  3. Documentary film of Tin’s life and work released.

The Optimistic Tragedy: A Retrospective Exhibition

Tran Trung Tin, born in the Mekong Delta in 1933, is considered the father of modernism in Vietnam. During the war, he lived in Hanoi and painted on newspaper and homemade canvases between 1969 and 1975. Unfortunately, all of his wartime canvases were lost after the war and used for cooking and heating fuel. However, his works on paper survived and were showcased in the retrospective exhibition.

A Tribute to Tran Trung Tin: Life and Work

The opening of the exhibition was attended by prominent figures in the art world, including galerist Suzanne Lecht, artists Pham Cam Thuong, Marita Nurmi and Georges Burchett, and celebrated writer Duong Tuong. The exhibition was hosted by Tran Thi Nguyen Nga, widow of the artist, and was a fitting tribute to Tin’s life and work.

Tran Trung Tin’s “optimistic tragedy” of war was painted in the very city where the retrospective exhibition was held. The exhibition is set to travel to other venues, so stay tuned for more opportunities to see the works of Vietnam’s greatest expressionist artist.

In addition to the exhibition, a documentary film about Tin’s life and works appeared on national television, further spreading awareness of the artist and his impact on the art world.

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